Domestic Violence Survivor Wishes She’d Been Armed When Attacker Struck

Jennifer Deasy holds her Colt Government .380 caliber pistol at the target range at Niagara Gun Range in North Tonawanda, N.Y., Thursday June 26, 2008. Americans can keep guns at home for self-defense, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in the justices' first-ever pronouncement on the meaning of gun rights under …
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Domestic violence survivor Cindy Chester’s leg was amputated because of a domestic violence injury and she suggests that things could have been different if she had a gun.

Chester told TIME magazine that she lost her leg at age 21, after being shot with a 12 gauge shotgun during a domestic violence attack.  She said, “I still believe in the Second Amendment very much, and I do believe we need to be able to have the right to bear arms in order to protect ourselves.”

Chester was shot by her ex-boyfriend and she told TIME, “If I would have had a gun, maybe things would have changed.”

On July 5, Breitbart News reported on a Jefferson County, Alabama, woman who saved herself from an alleged sexual assault by shooting her estranged husband. WBRC reported that police received a mid-morning domestic violence call and arrived to find that 31-year-old Eric Austin allegedly broke into his estranged wife’s home and tried to sexually assault her. He fled the scene once she shot him.

He was later apprehended, taken to a hospital for treatment, and faced charges that included attempted rape.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at



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